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Mortgage Fraud – Big Business in Palm Beach County

Mortgage fraud consists of a wide range of crimes where people deliberately misrepresent the truth or conceal facts on a mortgage application. In federal courts, mortgage fraud is prosecuted as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering – with penalties up to 30 years in prison. Mortgage fraud has grown dramatically over the last few years and many states have begun to enact their own penalties. The state of Florida along with cites and counties including Palm Beach County have established Mortgage Fraud Task Forces. Mortgage fraud is different from predatory mortgage lending, which occurs when a customer is misled or deceived by lenders, brokers or agents. However, these two types of crimes often go hand-in-hand. Types of Mortgage Fraud Income Fraud This is when a borrower overstates… […]

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False Arrest – Case # MM-007419 – Palm Beach County

Last year, a man was forcibly – and without probable cause – removed from his vehicle and then tased and beaten by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department deputy during a routine traffic stop. He was charged with resisting arrest and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. The use of force by law enforcement agencies against citizens in Florida has reached record levels. Sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement officers are quick to charge citizens with resisting arrest without violence or obstructing justice. The officers will then state: “The accused did not obey a lawful order.” In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a… […]

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Fighting an Oxycodone Drug Traffic Charge in West Palm Beach

A man who tried to buy 1,300 oxycodone pills and sell them in Boston was recently arrested. Rony Exantus was booked on a federal attempted drug possession charge when his supplier turned out to be an undercover police officer. A Palm Beach County Sheriff narcotics officer posed as a pill supplier and brokered a deal to sell Exantus 1,300 oxycodone tablets for $23,400. The agent met Exantus in a Home Depot parking lot in West Palm Beach and exchanged a gym bag full of fake painkillers for a box full of cash. Exantus was then taken into custody and is now being held without bail. These kinds of arrests are becoming more common in Palm Beach County. In 2008, about half the country’s illegal prescription drugs came out of Florida… […]

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White Collar Crime in Palm Beach County

Fraud – the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain – is as old as history itself; but the term “white collar crime” is relatively new. It was coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland to describe a new kind of crime that was different from street crime or “blue collar crime.” Now it has become synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by businesses and government officials alike. The list of white collar crimes keeps growing each year; corporate fraud, health care fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer fraud, insurance fraud, hedge fund fraud, identity theft, and forgery – to name a few. It is estimated that it costs the United States more than $300 billion annually, according to the FBI. Today’s con artists are more sophisticated than ever,… […]

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Toyota Recall Lawsuits in Florida

Toyota owners are flooding courthouses across the country with lawsuits. Customers are suing the automaker for lost economic value of the cars and cases where they have experienced some kind of unintended acceleration. Also, and more seriously, lawsuits are being filed for wrongful death and fraud. One lawsuit that was filed in January in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida is seeking $1 billion in damages in behalf of nationwide class of consumers. About 15 law firms have been working together in the Florida-filed lawsuit, and they plan to file another three dozen more lawsuits in the next two weeks in 25 states. In the coming weeks, consumer class-action lawsuits are going to be filed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eight more lawsuits have also been… […]

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Andrew Stine, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Defends Man In Delray Beach Sex Crime

A terrible teen sex crime occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, last week and two youths are now in custody. But Andrew Stine, a renowned criminal defense attorney from West Palm Beach, claims that one of the suspects is innocent. The crime occurred around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday. According to reports, 20-year-old Francisco Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. Fingerprints were found at the crime scene and that led investigators to Britt. Britt, who has a criminal history including car theft and battery, was arrested and is being held at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Assessment… […]

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Resisting Arrest – Case # MM-016005, Delray Beach, Florida

On June 2 2008 at 2:49 PM, during a routine traffic stop, the Delray Police Department alleged that a man resisted arrest, and in doing so committed battery against a law enforcement officer. In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a First Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest with violence is a third degree Felony punishable by up to five years in state prison and a $5,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest in Florida is defined as: Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative… […]

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How To Beat a Solicitation of Prostitution Charge in West Palm Beach

Solicitation of Prostitution is part of a large group of “victimless” crimes like vagrancy, indecent exposure and public intoxication. But if you are arrested for this crime in Palm Beach County, there is nothing victimless about it – you are going to feel like a victim. In recent years, West Palm Beach Police have cracked down on solicitation of prostitution by using stings that target “johns” instead of actual prostitutes. Many unsuspecting men have been arrested and charged with this crime. Many innocent men who stopped at the request of an undercover agent have been entrapped. In the state of Florida, simply asking a person to engage in prostitution is an unlawful act. Money doesn’t even have to be exchanged. It is pretty serious stuff. This is a rare situation… […]

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Oxycontin – Drug of Choice in Palm Beach County

Oxycontin is one of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market today. Millions of people are hooked on these pain killers across the country. According to recent figures, prescription drugs like Oxycontin are abused more than illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and ecstasy – combined. And Florida is the epicenter of this epidemic. In 2008, about half the country’s illegal prescription drugs came out of Florida. Many of these drugs come from pain clinics in Broward and Palm Beach County. Authorities say at least 50 pain clinics operate in Palm Beach County and over 100 in Broward County and they dispense 1.5 million pills of Oxycontin and other pain medications a month. What is Oxycontin? Oxycontin is the brand name of a time-release form of oxycodone. It entered the… […]

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What is Money Laundering?

Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions to conceal the identity, source or destination of illegally gained money. It is a major crime in many states and countries. U.S. Federal law is severe: “Whoever knowingly conducts or attempts to conduct a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.” In the past, money laundering only applied to organized crime. Today, it has been expanded to include private individuals, drug dealers, businesses, corrupt officials and even states.… […]

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